When we think of ‘sustainability’, it is most unlikely that Gro Harlem Brundtland comes to mind – the Norwiginan politician who, from 1983 to 1987, chaired the Brundtland Commission on Sustainable Development, the first UN Commission debating sustainability across nations. In 1987, the Brundtland Commission issued a report which for the first time defined the meaning and goals of sustainable development: “Meeting the development needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their development needs“.
According to Mark Wade, the truest meaning of sustainability lies in this definition. Originally, Mark is a chemist. After having worked at Shell for thirty years, Mark continues to engage with multiple agencies and organizations on issues of management and sustainability. To Mark, social, economic and environmental sectors were meant as one by the 1987 definition. However, what got across was the idea of sustainability as three separate entities.